The LS is the middle specification of the Outlander and easily the best balance of the three. With standard ADAS, a choice of 2.4-litre petrol, 2.2-litre turbodiesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains and a well-judged interior trim, the LS is a nice middle ground between the cheap LS and the not-so-cheap Exceed.

On the LS you will find 18-inch alloys, a six-speaker sound system, reversing camera, climate control, active cruise control, leather gearshift and steering wheel, auto headlights and wipers, partial leather interior with micro-suede inserts, keyless entry and start, electric front seats, heated and folding power mirrors and electrochromatic rear vision mirror.

The 7.0-inch touchscreen, familiar from the ASX, is of the "it's alright, I guess" approach to touchscreen hardware. Looks good, though. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes up for the lack of sat nav. There is also DAB radio, six speakers, USB and Bluetooth.

Standard on the LS are seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls and a reversing camera, reverse parking sensors, forward AEB, lane departure warning, active cruise and auto high beam. The Outlander range scored five ANCAP stars in 2014.